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White house visitor logs show lots of lobbyists. Was Obamas hype about banning lobbyists a lie?

Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru 2012/05/21 11:27:59
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The visitor logs for Jan. 17 — one of the most recent days available — show that the lobbying industry Obama has vowed to constrain is a regular presence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The records also suggest that lobbyists with personal connections to the White House enjoy the easiest access.

More than any president before him, Obama pledged to change the political culture that has fueled the influence of lobbyists. He barred recent lobbyists from joining his administration and banned them from advisory boards throughout the executive branch. The president went so far as to forbid what had been staples of political interaction — federal employees could no longer accept free admission to receptions and conferences sponsored by lobbying groups.

“A lot of folks,” Obama said last month, “see the amounts of money that are being spent and the special interests that dominate and the lobbyists that always have access, and they say to themselves, maybe I don’t count.”

The White House visitor records make it clear that Obama’s senior officials are granting that access to some of K Street’s most influential representatives. In many cases, those lobbyists have long-standing connections to the president or his aides. Republican lobbyists coming to visit are rare, while Democratic lobbyists are common, whether they are representing corporate clients or liberal causes.

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  • Mr. Smith 2012/05/21 13:22:51
    Yes
    Mr. Smith
    +4
    Forget the visitors, what about all the lobbyists Obama hired to work inside the White House......right after he was elected???

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  • Lee The Hybrid Snowflake 2012/05/22 01:14:59
    Yes
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
    Yes, remember how many times we heard "transparent government"? All lies!
  • kmay 2012/05/21 20:11:51
    Yes
    kmay
  • Charge 2012/05/21 16:29:39
    Yes
    Charge
    of course it's a lie, Obama's a lie...
    obama liar
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2012/05/21 16:08:36
  • Max 2012/05/21 16:05:44
    Yes
    Max
    +1
    Its business as usual with this bunch.
  • Maddog 2012/05/21 15:47:32
    Yes
    Maddog
    If you believe everything Obama says, then I have some oceanfront property in Kansas you might be interested in!
  • Marvelous Wildfire 2012/05/21 15:39:25
    Yes
    Marvelous Wildfire
    +1
    Did Obama *ACTUALLY SAY* that he was going to banning lobbyists?
    Was his lips moving? Then of course he lied.
  • jdemme 2012/05/21 15:34:38
    No
    jdemme
    He'd need bipartisan support, something that is frowned upon in the current GOP establishment. On top of that, very few people want to see their pay cut, and lobbyists provide politicians with a lot of money.
  • ALofRI 2012/05/21 15:01:44
    No
    ALofRI
    +2
    When you are facing a HUGE infantry, you do not reduce the size of your own. Cutting lobbyists would take (a word that does not exist in the conservative dictionary), COOPERATION. With a little of THAT, he could keep his promise....and a few others he would LIKE to keep. It was UN-foreseeable that such a never before seen war of obstructionism would come from a party of American politicians that had total disregard for the good of the country.
  • Marvelo... ALofRI 2012/05/21 15:47:45
    Marvelous Wildfire
    +1
    You mean when the Democrats held a SUPER MAJORITY that was too massive for Republicans to block, it was the Democrats that were being "Obstructionist" for Obama's first 2 years?

    You state: "Cutting lobbyists would take (a word that does not exist in the conservative dictionary), COOPERATION."

    OH! Like if home invaders forced their way into your home, you'd use "COOPERATION" and help them to rape only your daughters if they wouldn't rape your sons.
    I understand your position better now.
  • ALofRI Marvelo... 2012/05/21 16:12:52
    ALofRI
    No, that's NOT what I mean. One of the nasty conservative political tricks (which is going on NOW, again) is to change parties in a "nearly" conservative district, and run as a "Democrat". These "Democrats" then become "blue dogs" and vote with their "true" colors. The Democrats NEVER had a majority in the last several congresses! Hopefully, the voters in these areas will see that they are wasting their "Democratic vote" on the wolves in sheeple clothing!

    I wont even respond to that conservative garbage after the OH! I have four daughters, and believe it or not, NONE of them have been raped. Hopefully, you understand my "realistic position" better now.
  • Marvelo... ALofRI 2012/05/21 16:19:05
    Marvelous Wildfire
    Sorry, but you are not only ignorant, but you are lying as well.
    But why would I expect the truth from a Liberal/Progressive.
  • mrdog 2012/05/21 14:51:00
    Yes
    mrdog
    +2
    Do you really think Obama would LIE? ha ha ha...bark
  • bluelady 2012/05/21 14:37:48
    Yes
    bluelady
    +1
    of course he lied.......this a------ cant find the truth with both hands and a huntin dog
  • Cliff 2012/05/21 14:37:26
    Yes
    Cliff
    +1
    As long as they bring in a big bag of money, Obama is more than happy to lie some more. Lying is all he does anyway so where is the down side?
  • ALofRI Cliff 2012/05/21 16:17:44
    ALofRI
    Rmoney lies every time he opens his mouth....after he stuffs it with "superpack money". That's why, every time he opens his mouth he has to come back almost immediately and "clarify" what he MEANT to say. Like: "I'm going to be to the LEFT of Kennedy on gay rights!" (Giggle).
  • Cliff ALofRI 2012/05/22 00:39:24
    Cliff
    That dog won't hunt
  • cc 2012/05/21 14:33:05
    Yes
    cc
    +1
    Whenever O'Liar opens his mouth out comes Lies ......... He is Fraud period .........
  • jr 2012/05/21 13:52:35
    Yes
    jr
    +1
    I quit a long time ago counting the Obama lies. I am now looking for the one time that he tells the truth
  • carl 2012/05/21 13:33:29
    Yes
    carl
    If his mouth is open he is lying. How do you think he raises so much campaign money? It certainly doesn't come from the voters.
  • Ferηαηdo 夢 2012/05/21 13:26:51
    Yes
    Ferηαηdo 夢
    +1
    I support and respect Obama but any President or politician that says they are banning or separating themselves from lobbyists, I am going to take what they say with a grain of salt. Lobbyists and special interest groups are part of government and here to stay.
  • Mr. Smith 2012/05/21 13:22:51
    Yes
    Mr. Smith
    +4
    Forget the visitors, what about all the lobbyists Obama hired to work inside the White House......right after he was elected???
  • lm1b2 2012/05/21 13:21:48
    Yes
    lm1b2
    +3
    Typical lying politician!
  • john Kills 2012/05/21 13:03:42
    Yes
    john Kills
    +2
    Obarry is a liar.
  • Tink123 2012/05/21 13:00:32
    Yes
    Tink123
    +3
    Of course it was a lie. But the blame for selling out to lobbyists goes on the politicians - NOT the lobbyists. Ultimately, the politicians have to say "yes."

    Lobbyists can only buy that which is for sale. The easiest way to solve this problem is to LIMIT govt. power. Then there's nothing left to lobby for.
  • D D 2012/05/21 11:41:14
    Yes
    D D
    +3
    All talk. They say anything to the public to get the vote. ALL politicians lie.
  • dandieselonian 2012/05/21 11:38:18
    No
    dandieselonian
    +1
    Its an election year all candidates are busy linning up campaign money .
  • Assassi... dandies... 2012/05/21 15:04:52
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    He has done the same in non election years.
  • dandies... Assassi... 2012/05/22 00:05:10
  • BrianD3 2012/05/21 11:34:53
    Yes
    BrianD3
    +2
    what has he said that is not a lie?
  • Assassi... BrianD3 2012/05/21 15:05:09
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    Well lots of things. But that is another issue.
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/05/21 11:32:31
    Yes
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    +4
    It was all part of spinning a narrative to win the WH and persuade voters he was not the scheming, narcissistic 'career politician' he intended to be all along behind closed doors.

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